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Monday, October 24, 2005

The Dire Threat Of Theocratic Coffee Cups

Stop laughing! First read the DU thread - over 290 posts!

It seems that Starbucks has quotes on its cups. 63 different quotes. And now one of them is truly terrifying:
"You are not an accident. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He wanted you alive and created you for a purpose. Focusing on yourself will never reveal your real purpose. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. Only in God do we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance and our destiny."
The horror, the horror. Demands for a boycott. The Dominion has reared its ugly head!
2. The end of my Starbucks days I know in the grand scheme it is not much money for them, but I spend about $35 per week there, $140 per month, $1,700 per year. (Maybe I need to drink less coffee.)

But that will end immediately. Oh, double that with my wife. Their little sayings on their cups just cost the local Starbucks $3,400 next year.

126. Nominated because this Religious Theocracy must be STOPPED
But some demur:
179. That is your perogative.
I, on the other hand, will now go out of my way to shop at Starbucks. That's what is great about living in America.

92. if I can't get a non-christian cup then I won't be going there either ...

211. that makes you just as ridiculous as the guy who wouldn't use the cup that said gay on it. There is nothing wrong with free speech even if it has the word *gasp* "God" in it.
And my personal favorite:
63. The comments are insulting and exclusive to any who don't believe in god.

Since I'm one of them, I have a problem with the arrogance of the "good Rev", and Starbucks for giving him a platform from which to look down on us.

Like we don't get enough derision just for existing, now people who shell out ridiculous amounts of money for hot, bitter, dirty water (apologies to Will Durst) will be reading this crap and internalizing it - and I know a LOT of liberals go there. We don't need them to look down on us, too.
You just can't make this stuff up. A good number of the DU posters are puzzled by the outrage, but their remonstrances might be fanning flames such as this:
85. I'm sure it's offensive to both types.
Racists and creationists.
I'm even MORE offended now that I know what this is in response to.
Starbucks is like the Kansas Board of Education.
Both cater to those who view science as an affront to religion.

105. I understand where you're coming from.

And I certainly do not deny the theocratic takeover of this country.

I do realize the fallacy of believing science is anti-religion, but not all religious people believe such a thing.

But the millions of people who read this story are totally outnumbered by the many millions of people who didn't. Like I said, most people will simply not care about some stupid quote on a coffee cup. DUers have to realize that the general public is not nearly as informed and up-to-date as we are. They don't obsess about every small detail of world events like we do (not that it's a bad thing, necessarily), and therefore they will not embark on some anti-science, anti-infidel crusade.
So I leave you to contemplate the danger to all that you hold dear. Try not to stay up all night worrying about theocracy and the Dominion. Now that the enemy - one quote among 63 on coffee cups - has become clear just go picket Starbucks.

What a great post!

Boycott Santa, I say. That will be next.
No matter how stupid you think people can be, you are underestimating them.
Tommy, this one threw me into fits of laughter.

The terrifying theocracy of the coffee cup - unveiled!

The puzzled responses of the dissenting DU'rs, who don't fear Jesus lunging out of their latte and fastening their throats in a death grip. What's the problem, they ask plaintively. Surely 1 out of 63 isn't a problem?

The Grand Unified Theory of the Dominion and its theocratic stranglehold upon the Starbucks empire!

This is one of the most hysterically, hilariously humorous things I've ever read.
You can bet that Starbucks has plenty of "choice" slogans, anti-Christmas stuff, etc. I hardly ever go there, but when I do it's only because I want to read the stuff on the cups.....give me a break.
Howard - of course!

The whole idea of paying a few bucks for a bad cup of coffee is to read the cups....

That's why DU is just so much more educated and aware than you and I. They read the cups!
People just like to gripe. In the end sometimes they just like whatever gives them an excuse to do so.

I just started to drink Starbucks on occasion.... if they have problems with their profit line it will probably have more to do with the general economy than with their cup quotations.

...although liberals do take such things more seriously. and that isn't all a criticism...
oh yeah.... I boycotted Santa long time ago. It is a fundamental Christian thing to do;)

The last part is a joke, but the first part isn't, I wrote about that years ago, here:
Christmas in Ohio
Ilona, I enjoyed the link. It put me in the mood to go Christmas shopping this weekend. I like to get all the stress out of the way asap so I can have a ball.

I liked your comment about what kids care about - it's so true! The adults are the ones who stress out. If you have Christmas rituals with the kids that is what they enjoy. Advent calendars are my favorite memory of Christmas, I think.
you might enjoy this
Dingo - thank you! That is great.
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